Jul 5, 2012

Four Thousand Islands: A Natural Paradise

Anyone looking for a great place to relax and enjoy the peace and quiet of a tranquil environment should go to the deep south of the country. Known as Si Phan Don (Four Thousand Islands), the area is familiar to tourists, and Khong district in Champassak province should certainly be high on any list of places to visit.

Khonphapheng waterfall is one of many scenic attractions in the south of Laos. The local lifestyle, hospitality and the generosity of local people combine with natural beauty and historical and cultural attractions to form a lasting impression of peace and harmony. A few hours on a bus from the provincial capital Pakxe to Khong district in the far south rewards the traveler with scenic views and an intimate look at daily life in villages along the route.

Laos Tours, Laos Travel - Khonphapheng waterfall
Khonphapheng waterfall by Claire Nott
From Threeland Travel's Blog - July 2012

After arriving at Nakasang village, a long-tailed boat ride takes you to the island of Don Det where you truly start to experience village life in this small community. It is clear that Si Phan Don is a strong competitor and definitely should be included on any traveler’s itinerary. Don Det and Don Khone are the two islands best known for their scenic charm and the simple, relaxed lifestyle of local residents. Restaurants, guesthouses and resorts are operated by locals with favorable prices. Along with other facilities, they have sprung up to cater to the ever increasing number of visitors.

Almost every province in Laos had similarities in terms of scenic splendor, but Si Phan Don is a little higher on the list of favorite places to go, because of the warmth and friendliness of the southern residents. Travelling to the south of Laos was like a breath of fresh air. The many tourist attractions in the area make it difficult to decide which ones are ‘must-see’ places as almost all of them are known for their fascinating character and bucolic setting. The number of foreign visitors has doubled over the past few years with the majority coming from Thailand and Europe.

Laos Tours, Laos Travel - Si Phan Don
Si Phan Don by Pat Light
From Threeland Travel's Blog - July 2012

Like the rest of the region, wandering around Si Phan Don was great for relaxing amongst friendly people in a peaceful environment. The islands’ laid-back lifestyle and rustic charm are surpassing. There is no doubt that visitor will also dream of a return visit some day.

If you are ready for a new trip, then tackle your hesitation, make a plan and do not forget to contact us to have access to the best travel services. Please check out Threeland Travel Indochina and email us at help@threeland.com. We are pleased to be your best local friend.

(Source: Vientiane Times)


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